The CDC issueda formal travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut -- three states that have rapidly become the nation's biggest hotspot for the virus. The advisory urges residents of those states to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. Individuals who are returning from the New York City metropolitan area are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days to ensure they do not show any signs of symptoms.
The first unemployment claims related to the coronavirus outbreak will be going out this week in North Carolina. Workers applying for benefits must complete their weekly certifications in order to receive unemployment insurance payments. The weekly certification is a series of ‘yes or no’ questions that helps determine a person’s eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits each week. If you do not complete a weekly certification, you will not receive a payment for that week. The weekly certification must be completed through an individual’s online account at des.nc.gov.
The CDC has auseful, up-to-date FAQ pagewith answers to some of the most common questions about COVID-19, including how it spreads, what you can do to protect your home and your family, and how it affects animals.
This is very important for small business owners: Do not go to the SBA and make an application for a disaster loan. If you do so you may very well box yourself out of getting the forgivable loan from your local bank or credit union. No collateral is required. The link in the bullet above has a lot of good detail on how this program works. So if you skipped over it, go back and read it.